As we go into the last quarter of the season, you have to watch out for a number of pitfalls that trip a lot of fantasy owners as they head down the stretch.
You have to know when your league’s trade deadline is and if you should make a last second deal. Trading away a prospect for a legitimate producer that can help you win a title is always the best way to go. You never know if your prospect will develop into a stud or if you will be back in the hunt next year. Go for it now.
Watch for the September callus. Your veteran players on teams out of the hunt might get a little extra rest as their team tries to give the young kids an opportunity to show what they can do. Likewise, your prospects on the teams in contention might not get as many chances as their team is fighting it out for a playoff berth.
Don’t forget about the Coors Effect. The ball jumps a lot better at Coors Field in August and September than the first four months. Play your hitters and watch out for your pitchers.
As the NFL gets underway, don’t let almost five months of hard work go up in smoke just because pigskin games are starting up. Make sure you pay attention to your fantasy baseball team and give them the attention they need to have a chance to win.
This week, Milwaukee and St. Louis are scheduled to play only five games while Baltimore, Detroit, New York (AL), Oakland Tampa Bay, Texas, Atlanta, Chicago (NL), Florida, Houston, Los Angeles (NL), New York (NL), Pittsburgh, and San Diego are all on the docket for seven. All other teams are scheduled to play six games this week.
Now, the projected two-start pitchers for this week. For those of you in leagues who require you to set your lineup at the beginning of the week, these are guys you should strongly consider:
Five best bets for double-start pitchers this week
1. C.C. Sabathia gets Detroit and Seattle at home this week. The big fellow is dominant at home (8-0, 2.35 ERA). With the Bronx Bombers offense backing him up, this is a no-brainer.
2. Roy Oswalt is still trying to settle into Philadelphia and this week’s matchups should help. Home games against San Francisco and Washington are just what he needs to get the brotherly love he’s been craving.
3. Johan Santana has lost his ability to dominate games with strikeouts, but he’s still a formidable pitcher. Despite two road games this week, playing Houston and Pittsburgh are matchups any pitcher would want.
4. Matt Garza gets Texas and Oakland to visit Tropicana Field. Garza has taken that next step forward this season in becoming a premier pitcher and despite one power hitting team showing up this week, he’s still a safe play at home.
5. Since his return from the disabled list in May, Cliff Lee has found the form that made him one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last two years. He gets a tough first game at Tampa Bay, but he finishes with an easy second game at Baltimore. He rarely blows up and you can always count on strikeouts from the big lefty, making this a worthwhile week to play Lee.